Rape on the rise in Baltimore County, say police

As Kevin Rector reports for the Baltimore Sun, statistics show that the incidents of major crime in Baltimore County were down in the first half of 2012, as compared to the prior five-year average in the county.

The only exception was rape.

Rector got his information from Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson. Johnson wrote: “This means we are solving crimes and getting criminals off the street.” But he also wrote that he was “cautiously optimistic” about the statistics because “human nature cannot be controlled.”

Murder, aggravated assault and robbery were the sort of violent crimes included in these statistics, in addition to rape.

Baltimore County saw 10 homicides in the first half of 2012, as compared to the five-year average of 15. When it came to rape, there were 80 offenses in the first half of 2012, as compared to the 71 five-year average – meaning that incidents of rape have increased somewhat.

Source: Baltimore County crime declines in first half of 2012